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Sunday, November 22, 2015

REDBLACKS OFF TO GREY CUP

OTTAWA (CP) - Henry Burris and Greg Ellingson ended their former team's Grey Cup aspirations and sent Ottawa to its first CFL championship appearance since 1981.

Burris's 93-yard TD strike to Ellingson with just over a minute remaining rallied Ottawa to a stirring 35-28 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Division final Sunday afternoon. Burris and Ellingson were both teammates in Steeltown in 2013. Burris joined the Redblacks as a free agent before the 2014 season and Ellingson followed suit prior to the 2015 campaign.

"Wow, wow. It was way too dramatic as far as the ending,'' Burris said. "I thought I didn't throw the ball well especially trying to deal with the wind but we did enough.

"I tip my hat off to Greg. If you could write a script for a story and an ending for a book ... to have a chance to go against his old team and drive the dagger home, you can't beat that moment.''

The play almost ended before it started as Burris bobbled a high snap. He threw to Ellingson, who made the catch with Hamilton defender Ed Gainey falling on the play.

Then after shedding Emmanuel Davis's attempted tackle, Ellingson streaked untouched into the end zone. His TD came with Ottawa facing a second-and-25 situation after Hamilton defensive lineman Arnaud Gascon-Nadon dropped a seemingly easy interception and the Redblacks were penalized for a chop block, putting them on their 18-yard line.

"It's nice to play against my old team but it's more about going to the Grey Cup and winning it,'' Ellingson said. "It's just a play we've done before, I think we've completed that ball three or four times this year.

"It's a ball that's thrown outside to the receiver and you try to get the guys to go up and make the play.''

Burris, the East nominee for the CFL's outstanding player award, finished 17-of-32 passing for 326 yards and the TD while running six times for 29 yards and a touchdown. Ellingson had five receptions for a game-high 186 yards.

The win, before a boisterous TD Place sellout of 25,093, earned Ottawa its first Grey Cup berth since the former Rough Riders lost in the '81 final to Edmonton. The Redblacks will face either the Edmonton Eskimos or Calgary Stampeders in the CFL title game next weekend in Winnipeg.

Ottawa will represent the East Division in the CFL championship contest after posting just two wins in its inaugural 2014 season.

"I know it's a big deal and I have a lot of respect for it,'' Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell said. "We'll be happy for a few more hours and tee it up one more time.

"Then after that game we can discuss more things about Ottawa football history.''

Campbell was just 10 years old when Ottawa last appeared in the Grey Cup, losing 26-23 to an Edmonton squad coached by his father, Hugh. Rick Campbell watched the '81 championship game on TV back in Alberta and said his dad did the same Sunday from San Diego.

Hamilton created some anxious moments for Ottawa when Jeremiah Masoli, making just his second career playoff start, hit Luke Tasker on a 22-yard scoring strike with 1:34 remaining. Justin Medlock's convert tied it 28-28.

"They made a play at the end,'' said Hamilton coach/GM Kent Austin. "I really thought second and 25 we'd get them off the field, have great field position and we'd go out there and kick the field goal and get into the Cup.

"We had plenty of opportunities to win the football game. We had them beat a couple different times, the difference is we didn't make the plays, plays that were there.''

Medlock's 42-yard field goal at 2:14 of the fourth pulled Hamilton to within 25-20 after Masoli's 24-yard TD strike to Tasker was nullified by a holding penalty. Medlock's miss from 42 yards out went for a single to cut Ottawa's lead to 28-21 with about three minutes remaining.

Ottawa took a 25-17 lead into the fourth after managing just six points with the wind on Chris Milo field goals of 34 and 45 yards.

Ottawa capped its three-game season sweep of Hamilton. The Redblacks won the two-game home-and-home series to clinch first in the East Division with a 12-6 record.

Hamilton (10-8) finished tied with Toronto for second but got the higher positioning after winning that season series. The Ticats dispatched the Argos 25-22 in the East Division semifinal last weekend.

Masoli got his second straight playoff start with incumbent Zach Collaros (knee) and backup Jeff Mathews (concussion) sidelined.

Masoli, who began the season fourth on Hamilton's depth chart, was much sharper against Ottawa than he was in last weekend's victory over Toronto. The former Oregon Duck was 30-of-42 passing for 349 yards with two TDs and an interception. Tiquan Underwood had four catches for a team-high 111 yards and a TD.

"What you saw with Jeremiah is what we've seen in him and why we wanted to keep him,'' Austin said. "He has grown immensely through his experiences ... he played well enough for us to win.

"That speaks volumes about the young man.''

Will Powell had Ottawa's other touchdown. Milo added the converts and four field goals with the other points coming on a safety.

Medlock booted three converts, two field goals and a single.

Milo's 39-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter earned Ottawa a 19-17 half-time lead. After Medlock surrendered the safety, Chris Williams took the return 36 yards to the Hamilton 46-yard line with 29 seconds remaining. Burris had completions of one yard to Brad Sinopoli and 12 yards to Earnest Jackson to set up Milo's boot.


"Another key I think was giving up five points at the end of the first half,'' Austin said. "That hurt us.''

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good! Hopefully we won't have to listen to oskee wee wee anymore

Anonymous said...

And the reason Taman and Chamblin cut Milo is????
if either wonders why they are gone -there is one reason

Anonymous said...

BEST news ever, the perennial chokers oskee wee wee

Anonymous said...

You know its a new Henry when he catches a bad snap and makes a HUGE play. Not like in 2013 at the Grey Cup when he was staring off into space.

Anonymous said...

See you next year Mr. Oskawee wee! Rick Campbell is the new Football god of the CFL. Rock on ONation!!

Anonymous said...

Milo was/is inconsistent and did not perform well here at the end. Redblacks can keep him.

Anonymous said...

Enter scruffies anonymous gloating. Ya in happy for hank but kinda tells you what's wrong with this league. Same old retreads that didn't get injured this year .. I don't like calgary but at least blm didn't fade into the wind like every other qb of note this year .. can't help your team on IR. (See darian) . Don't worry scruff old hank .. old hank will show how Henry ish he is in a less than sold out winnipeg .. debacle of a grey cup .. still no orridge either.. I'm a die hard losing interest . Lame

Byob

Anonymous said...

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW!
Huh?

That was entertaining, down to a play or two either way. Off to Winnipeg to promote a strong Hamilton Tiger Cats football brand.

Oskee

Anonymous said...

Where the f*ck is CFL commissioner Orridge? Did he quit on the league? Who was the palooka presenting East Division crown? CFL???????????????

Anonymous said...

Watched TSN pre-game with Hank the Whiner, what a self centered athlete. Still whining that he didn't get the MOP in 2008,whining that Hamilton cut him,whining that he doesn't get the respect he feels he deserved. You earn respect don't ask for it. No one has crapped the sheets in big games more than Burris. Looks like I'm cheering for Edmonton in the Grey Cup.

Anonymous said...

Big dummy Jerome messam cost calgary the cup.. suck it messam lovers .. bring on the idiots who wanna sign Harris to a Getzlaf deal .. good luck man .. I saw misplay after misplaced and slipping on turf for no reason and running the wrong way .. hes a bum . So is Harris with too much ego.. steer clear

Anonymous said...

Rider Nation needs to head off to Winnipeg and mobilize its support behind the fired-up fans from Redblackville. I would love to see the Great Hank Burris put the boots to the arrogant Evil Empire.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Edmonton doesn't want to go to cold Winnipeg either! Talk about mailing it in!

Anonymous said...

Must suck to be a Rider fan and hate everyone. Makes it tough to enjoy the playoffs and Grey Cup when you're so bitter.

Anonymous said...

Very fitting that the CFL should show-case two offensive battles today given the struggle at the start of the season with the rule changes. Great CFL football!!

Anonymous said...

We need/want tillman.. Eskimos example nuff said

Anonymous said...

Bummer. Now we have to watch or listen to umpteen interviews with "Hank the whiner."

Go Esks Go.

Anonymous said...

Orridge was out west for the game between the two best teams in the league.

Anonymous said...

You'll be joined by the 50 Hamilton fans that show up to winnipeg for the weekend... and thousands of rider fans who will be in town to support their proud brand of football who has two recent cups to be proud of :)

Anonymous said...

No such thing as ONation!! That's R Nation!

Anonymous said...

Got to give credit is due, those Tiger Cats from Hamilton using their 10th string quarterback and giving a great showing. Nothing to be ashamed of, team depth and great coaching a plus to that organization moving forward.

Anonymous said...

Good thing we didn't trade for that washed up qb Burris last year to help our team win. We were so much better off not getting him and winning. Oh wait, we didn't win. And Henry went on to a first place finish, East Championship, and possibly a Grey Cup and MOP for the league. Yeah, who needs that? So what if it would have been temporary. I don't see a lot of championship banners around here. Need to be like some organizations, try to win at all costs. I would have gladly taken a possible fifth championship for a crappy year this year, which is what we got anyways.

Anonymous said...

Rider fans are the best. You sound like a bitter ticats fan trying to take your anger out on the fans of the CFL's flagship franchise.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that Kent Austin and Tommy Condell came up with a game plan for a QB starting just his third game and damn near won against a QB with years experience.

Why do the Roughriders never think that way? Last year when DD went down George Cortez never changed a thing. He just expected Tino, Seth or Karrie to play DD's game. Same thing this year with Chapdelaine.

It appears to me that Austin and Condell put players in positions where they can succeed. Not so with the Riders. "It's my way or the highway, kid."

Tino and Seth may have made the grade if they'd had Austin and Condell coaching them.

I guess what I'm saying is Chapdelaine has to go too.

Anonymous said...

I will give credit to Austin, he was on his 3rd or 4th QB and still made it to the Eastern Final. A lot better than Riders after Durant went down.

Mike MN CFL Fan said...

Back to back elite touchdown catches Tasker had a great catch only to be checkmated by Ellingson what a game Go REDBLACKS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Whatever ......

Anonymous said...

Way to go Henry/Hank! QBing a two year old team to the cup. Give the guy some credit.

Anonymous said...

Hear here! That annoying bastard can now get drunk and fall into the gutter with the rest of his knob friends!

Anonymous said...

Oskee WAAAAWAAAWAAA....... LOL!